Looks like Pastor Phillip Miles Got A Lucky Break… Or, maybe it could have been –“The defense team provided letters from Russia’s human rights ombudsman and 62 members of U.S. Congress with requests for the cleric’s acquittal.” 🙂
MOSCOW, June 23 (RIA Novosti) – The Moscow City Court ruled on Monday to release a U.S. pastor from prison changing his earlier sentence of more than three years for illegally bringing ammunition in Russia to a 10-month suspended sentence.
Moscow’s lower district court sentenced Phillip Miles, 58, to three years and two months in prison in April for smuggling rifle rounds, declarable under Russian customs law, into the country for his Russian hunting partner.
Miles’s defense attorney appealed the ruling as “severe and inadequate” and sought his acquittal, citing an absence of criminal intent.
“Documents for his release will be sent to the detention center, and Miles will be released today or tomorrow,” the presiding judge said.
The defense team provided letters from Russia’s human rights ombudsman and 62 members of U.S. Congress with requests for the cleric’s acquittal.
I bet he does not bring hunting ammo for a friend anymore or better yet, he should stay in America, the Russian’s are Orthodox & very happy about being Orthodox. I am growing found of the Russian Orthodox myself & feel that it has better structure than the Christianity sects in America.
Good Luck Pastor Phillip Miles!
Kyle & Svet
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